A weekend of love

This past weekend was an adventure, to say the least. My older sister, Kyla, got married to the love of her life, and father of her son, Eric Seeley.

The wedding was held on a farm just outside of Lethbridge, Alta. The venue was beautifully decorated, and the entire event went off without a hitch. Congratulations Kyla and Eric, here’s to a lifetime of love and happiness to you both.

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Another major event also took place this weekend. My wonderful girlfriend, Grace, officially moved from Calgary to Estevan, and I couldn’t be more excited that she’s finally here.

I’ve been alone in Estevan since originally moving here in July, with only short weekend visits from Grace and some family members. This move marks a big moment in both her life and mine. I know she’s nervous to be so far from her home and family, but I love her more than anything and I know we can both get through anything together.

Although these are both wonderful things, the weekend also had some less than fun moments. The most notable of the less than fun moments would be the 20 or so hours spent driving.

I left Estevan on the night of Sept. 6, after working for the day, and made the trek to Medicine Hat, where I stayed for the night and picked up two of my friends who would be attending the wedding with me. The next morning we woke up fairly early, and started the drive to Calgary where we were set to meet Grace to load her possessions into our vehicles, only to turn around and drive to Lethbridge for the wedding.

The only real day of relaxation and fun that I had was Sept. 8. We had stayed at a hotel the night before, and were forced to be awake at a somewhat decent time in preparation of my sister’s wedding.
The day’s festivities began around 2 p.m., when the ceremony itself started. Shortly after the two made their vows, and were announced man and wife.

The rest of the day was filled with celebrating and visiting with family and friends. I also made the mistake of leaving my two incredibly inebriated best friends at the wedding while Grace and me returned to the hotel early to sleep. Boy, oh boy, were there stories to be heard the next morning.
The next two days were filled to the brim with more driving, and I can confidently say I could live the rest of my life without ever driving from Estevan to Calgary, and be a happy man.

The last day of my long weekend was spent doing work around the house. I’ve grown comfortable in my solitude over the last three months, and with that my home has become somewhat of a bachelor’s pad, at least in cleanliness.

It didn’t take long for Grace to inform me of the error in my ways, and set me to the task of making the place liveable for a lady.

After what felt like an eternity of cleaning, unpacking, and reorganizing, the house is somewhat close to being what I would call complete, but we all know I’m not the boss, I don’t make those calls.

It was amazing to have the opportunity to spend so much time with family and friends this weekend, and to see my sister get married to the love of her life.

However, there were two key highlights, aside from the wedding, that stood out for me about this weekend.

The first of those events was the road trip from Medicine Hat to Calgary, and then to Lethbridge, with my best friends. Although we’ve been friends for roughly 10 years, we’ve somehow never been on a road trip together. Although as road trips go, this wasn’t very long, it was still a blast. We cranked the tunes, and spent the hours joking around and reminiscing over the good times we’ve had together, and came to the decision it was something we should do every year.

The other key highlight, of course, was the arrival of Grace in Estevan. We’ve been apart for the large majority of three months, and in my opinion, that’s about three months longer than I ever want to spend apart from her.

We now get to begin the next chapter in our lives together, and I couldn’t be more excited for that journey.

While getting ready for work Tuesday morning, I found myself thinking about how amazing of a woman I’ve been lucky enough to find. Not many people would be willing to uproot their entire lives, and move to a new province, for the person they love. Grace is an amazing woman, and I often find myself thinking that I don’t deserve to have someone so amazing in my life.

The next few weeks will be all about settling in. Grace is still in the process of finding a job within Estevan (anyone looking for a great employee can contact me ASAP) and I’m sure it will take her some time to feel fully comfortable in her new home, but I know that as long as we are both together, we will be able to get through anything that comes our way.

Here’s to the start of our life together, and to whatever adventures come our way. I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life annoying you to death, after all what are boyfriends for if not driving you absolutely nuts?



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